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CD/DVD RELEASE CELEBRATES FISK JUBILEE SINGERS'
HISTORIC PERFORMANCES IN GHANA

(Nashville, TN) Sunrise Music Group of Nashville has announced October 2, 2007 as the upcoming release date for the CD/DVD combo package entitled  “Sacred Journey”  featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The CD/DVD package was recorded and filmed live at  Elmina Castle in Cape Coast,  Ghana on the west coast of Africa. This is the  first performance of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in Africa in  their renowned 136 year history.

Led by musical director, Paul T. Kwami, the ensemble known and respected for their preservation and performance of the Negro spiritual brought this unique music back to its roots in Ghana, the former Gold Coast of Africa, to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Ghana’s independence.

“”The Jubilee Singers were used for the very specific purpose of celebrating the year of Jubilee in Ghana,” said Kwami, “but not only that. Personally, I was very happy to see how many of my students’ lives have been changed because of this. It is an experience that will never happen again and those that were there had a wonderful time that will never be forgotten.”

Sunrise Music Group — Fisk Jubilee Singers in Ghana — Sacred JourneyPerforming at the American Embassy residence in Ghana as well as the Dubois Memorial Center and the National Theater, the Fisk Jubilee Singers performed a capella before captivated audiences of presidents, kings, diplomats and dignitaries. Their recorded final performance was held with no audience inside the walls of the Elmina Castle. (see background material included)

“The beauty and history of Africa set the stage for the Fisk Jubilee Singers that day,” said Robert Swope, president and CEO of Sunrise Music Group.  “The day was perfect, and directing this production was the most blessed thing I have ever done.  The ensemble sang in the voice of angels and allowed our crew to share a moment in time with them that I will never forget.   Elmina Castle has now been forgiven of its past thanks to the Jubilee Singers.”

The “Sacred Journey” CD showcases 12 titles including selections “”Mister Banjo,” “Sweet Home” and “Ride the Chariot.” The accompanying 40 minute DVD juxtaposes the enchanting music of the Fisk Jubilee Singers with the haunting images of the Elmina Castle. 

“Sacred Journey” is an inaugural effort of Sunrise Music Group, a Nashville-based record label with a focus on Gospel, Jazz, Classical and Bluegrass music. The CD/DVD combination release is unique to Sunrise Music Group and will be a standard offering on all future releases.

SACRED JOURNEY CD TRACK LISTING

I Thank You Jesus
Our Father
Didn't My Lord
Kekeli tso Kekeli me
We Shall Walk Through the Valley In Peace
Here Is One
My Soul’s Been Anchored in The Lord
An' I Cry
Mister Banjo
Sweet Home
Mawu Nye Lolo
Ride The Chariot


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